Thursday, December 23, 2004

Not our Christmas & New Year!

Salams

No doubt some of you reading this will be on holidays from work or education. I'm hoping that you are using this long break constructively and not just sitting in front of 'the box' watching films and seasonal rubbish (most TV is rubbish anyway!). Inshallah, I'll be able to use this time to get down to some serious arabic studies and doing a few other personal career related bits which I have been putting off for some weeks now. Other desks in the office are littered with Christmas card, thankfully I only got 2 and they are not/ will not go on display. Nobody has asked me about cards, but I did mention to one person that I dont celebrate christmas so maybe word caught on!

As a follow on to the article I posted about MY brother Yasir Muttalib, please visit this link for an update. http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&xml=/news/2004/12/21/nabdel21.xml

I say MY brother Yasir because as we read this we should realise he is our brother, due to the fact that from the Hadith we see: In their love, kindness and compassion for each other, the believers are like a human body: when one part of it is hurt, the rests sympathizes with it in wakefulness and fever (Bukhari, Muslim).

Whilst on the subject I must say that muslims have become too tight to even say Salams to their fellow muslim. We should offer salams whether we know the person or not.

It has been narrated from Hazrat Ali that the Holy Prophet said, "Commonly in Islam there are six rights of a Muslim upon a Muslim: when he meets him he should give him salaam; when he invites him (to a meal) he should accept it; when he sneezes he should bless him; when he falls ill he should visit him; when he dies he should accompany his funeral and he should prefer for him that which he prefers for himself."

In Imaam Ahmad’s narration there is, "The closest to Allah, the most glorious and eminent one, from amongst all the people is the one who commences salaam."

Narrated by Saalim that the Holy Prophet said, "He who says Assalaamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you) ten rewards are written down for him, and he who says Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah (Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy) for him twenty rewards are written down and he who says Assalaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy and blessing) thirty rewards are written down (for him)."

Inshallah, if we start/ continue to practise upon Salam in abundance we will also create a love, unity and a deep bond with our muslim community.

Remember me in your duahs.
Wasalams
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